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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Despite grave risks, women in Mid East demand change



Women protestors in the Middle East and North Africa who are fighting for their rights face rape and other abuses.
We demand reform, we demand justice and we demand women's rights now!
Dear Dwijendra,

She dared to speak out about unimaginable abuse.

On March 26 Libyan law graduate Eman al-Obeidi burst into a Tripoli restaurant and shocked journalists with the story that she was beaten and gang-raped by Muammar Gaddafi's government troops.

The Libyan government claimed al-Obeidi was mentally ill, a drunk and a prostitute. They pressured her mother and other family members to convince al-Obeidi to change her story.

But the truth – about the violent and systemic sexual abuse of women by Libyan troops – has taken root. Al-Obeidi has become a global "symbol of defiance" against the Gadaffi regime.

Don't let government forces get away with rape. Give the human rights movement your support today by becoming a member of Amnesty International.

Throughout the Middle East and North Africa, women like al-Obeidi are taking enormous risks to fight for real reform, not just new governments. Women protestors want stronger policies promoting women’s rights.

It is an enormously difficult struggle.

Many Yemeni women have joined the peaceful protests calling for government reform, yet they are treated as second-class citizens in law and custom. They endure forced marriages, unequal protection under the law and inadequate recourse against domestic abuse.
An Egyptian woman and other demonstrators shout slogans as they gather at Cairo's Tahrir square
©MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images

The door is open for change in the Middle East and North Africa, but women face entrenched inequality. They need your support now – please make a contribution today!
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In Egypt, where a new government is being formed, women are still far from enjoying full human rights protections. At least 18 women who were arrested during a peaceful March protest in Tahrir Square said they were given electric shocks, strip searched while being photographed by male soldiers and forced to take "virginity tests."

As an Amnesty supporter, you play an important role in advancing gender equality throughout the world. The unprecedented level of unrest in the Middle East and elsewhere has created an immediate need for donations to support our human rights work.

Please act now and donate $40 or more today to help Amnesty defend basic human rights. We greatly appreciate your support.

Larry cox In Peace,
Larry cox
Larry Cox
Executive Director
Amnesty International USA


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Hate crime at McDonald's




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On Friday, Adrian Leigh Cowan of Baltimore started a petition on Change.org, speaking out in response to a shocking online video of a transgender woman being brutally beaten at a local McDonald’s.
As Adrian told our team of organizers, “I was moved to start this petition because when I first viewed the video, I was brought to tears. How anyone could stand by and allow this to happen is unfathomable to me." More than 30,000 Change.org members had the same reaction, and joined Adrian in signing the petition.  
If you would prefer not to watch the video posted by Adrian, you should know what it documents: A 22-year-old transgender woman is pulled out of a McDonald’s bathroom and viciously beaten by two customers. She is punched, knocked to the ground, dragged across the floor by her hair, and kicked in the face until she appears to experience a seizure.
Instead of coming to this woman’s assistance, one McDonald’s employee filmed the assault while others can be heard cheering the assailants on as they attack the victim. After the brutal incident, the video was posted to the Internet, where an employee bragged that the assault was OK because the victim “was a man dressed like a woman.”
Sadly, this attack is a reminder of the rampant harassment and discrimination that transgender people face every day. Nationwide, more than half of all transgender people experience verbal or physical abuse when trying to access public accommodations like restrooms. Brutal acts of violence are all too common -- and authorities often fail to prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law.
Not surprisingly, McDonald's lacks standard policies for protecting transgender individuals, despite a decent record of workplace discrimination protections for gays and lesbians. And while the company has pledged to “take appropriate action” against all employees involved in this heinous event, just one has been punished.
Please join Adrian Leigh Cowan in demanding that McDonald’s and Maryland authorities hold accountable both the assailants in this beating and the employees who cheered it on -- and to make sure that an attack like this never happens again:
We can’t let this brutal hate crime in Maryland go unpunished. Thank you for taking action today.
- Eden and the Change.org team



Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day-donate_to_greenpeace_india




Happy Earth day! Our planet has been facing problems like climate change and air and water pollution. This planet is all we have and it needs to be protected from destructive development.

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The planet needs heroes who protect it from human greed. Every step taken to keep the earth safe is an investment for a safe future.

Greenpeace India has been working to keep the planet safe. To maintain its independence, Greenpeace does not accept money from government or business houses. All the work is funded by contributions made by individuals like you. There can’t be a better day than today, to pledge your support to the planet. Here’s what you can do:

Watch this inspiring video and then make a contribution to strengthen the fight to keep this planet safe. 

http://www.greenpeace.in/donate/earth_day_donate_to_greenpeace_india.php

What more, you can get a cool environment hero shirt for the contribution you make.

Thanks a billion!


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Interactyx Limited Invites You to the ASTD 2011 International Conference & Exposition




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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Afraid to go home in Cote d’Ivoire





Thousands of civilians remain displaced following intense fighting and massacres in Cote d'Ivoire.
Become a member of Amnesty to call for an end to human rights abuses in Cote d'Ivoire and other human rights hot spots.
Dear Dwijendra,

Thousands of civilians in Cote d'Ivoire remain displaced, hiding in the bush in life-threatening conditions. Although former President Laurent Gbagbo was captured earlier this month – following fighting between his supporters and forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara – civilians must still contend with deteriorating humanitarian conditions and reprisals.

Amnesty International is calling on the Ivorian authorities and the United Nations to protect civilians and to ensure that all those who have been displaced by the violence can return safely to their homes and land.

Become a member today and support Amnesty's work to stop human rights catastrophes wherever they occur.

Amnesty delegates have reported that the situation in and around Abidjan, the Cote d'Ivoire's commercial capital, remains chaotic. Thousands fled during the conflict, and many have lost their homes and family members as a result of the fighting. Now that Gbagbo has been captured, people perceived to support him have been executed without cause, and many are afraid to return home.

Throughout the conflict, reports suggest that both pro-Gbagbo and pro-Ouattara forces have committed grave human rights violations.

During the height of the fighting, security forces used rape to terrorize civilians.
"They came in the middle of the night...eight of them, four in plain clothes and four soldiers in military fatigues. Two of them took my husband outside and six of them came upon me. They all took turns raping me and threw my children to the floor. After, I heard two gunshots. I found my husband outside…dead."

- Cote d'Ivoire rape victim describing the violent attack on her family by security forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo.
Young men walk past looted shops and through debris-strewn streets in Abidjan on April 13, 2011.
©SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images

The situation in Cote d'Ivoire is still not stable. Although outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo was captured, thousands of civilians remain displaced, fearing reprisals. Your gift will help us intensify our demands for restraint and for human rights protections in Cote d'Ivoire and around the world.
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Eyewitness accounts like this of senseless killings and brutalities are mounting.

Shine the light on these atrocities. Help us urge the Ivorian authorities, all parties to the conflict, and the UN to protect civilians. Please become a member of Amnesty today – we will put your gift to use right away to defend human rights in Cote d'Ivoire and beyond.

We greatly appreciate your support.

Larry cox In Peace,
Larry cox
Larry Cox
Executive Director
Amnesty International USA


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